These are the highest-performance, most technically daring, least compromised cars in the world. The notion they’re not for enthusiasts is ludicrous on its face.
THIS IS US
Jay Lamm, Chief perp
At 16 Jay sold a road test of Elvis's Maserati Ghibli to AutoWeek, and he’s not worked an honest day since. He’d written six car books; strung for titles including Car & Driver, Automobile, and Spy; edited four major auto mags; and started a web business and publishing house before launching the everyman-race series 24 Hours of Lemons in 2006. Now it’s the biggest competition series in the world: Each year over 7500 drivers go wheel-to-wheel internationally in Lemons and tens of thousands more come to the car shows, road rallies, and other good-natured events that have grown from those first grassroots races. Jay holds numerous FIA World Speed Records, the Guinness World Record for “Most Participants in a Car Race,” and a firmly raised eyebrow for car nuts who forget that it’s all about fun. His current fun garage includes two 911s, a 1960 Kellison J4X, a light-alloy Jag D-Type by Proteus, a Mercedes R129, a Miata full of surf wax and seaweed, and a Model S P90D. Guess which one he actually uses.
KELLY LAUBER, THE COMPETENT ONE
Monterey native Kelly Lauber has organized and managed events on the Peninsula for over a decade, including 10 years as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Best Buddies International and as a founding principal of Car Week Concierge. She’s a seasoned vintage rallyist and racer whose tastes run to Porsches, 21-window buses, Alfa Romeo sedans, dune buggies, and late-model Mercedes Geländewagens. She freely admits that the last one makes no sense at all.
Steven Cavalieri, Creative GUY
Steven served as a graphic designer and creative director for firms such as Boeing, Logitech, Infoseek, OmniSky, and Silicon Graphics International before chucking the Silicon Valley grind to become an automotive illustrator. He and Jay became friends when Steven was hired to illustrated the entire history of Corvette for one of Jay’s magazines. Since then the pair have traveled, worked, and raced together whenever Steven wasn’t too busy illustrating significant historic racecars for books by Karl Ludvigsen or David Venables; or restoring vintage cars and motorcycles; or creating enthusiast-focused branding for car-loving companies like AltThusiast and Lemons. Steven loves all things motorized or mechanical but is especially fond of old Alfas, Porsches, motorcycles, and mid-century homes.
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